Becoming a Certified Official

Becoming a IHSAA Certified Official can be accomplished by completing the 4 Steps described below.  If you have any questions about the process, you are welcome to contact us.

Step 1: Register

To register to become an IHSAA Official, click the button below.  A new window/tab will open to our Registration Dashboard with ArbiterSports.

Step 2: Attend State Rules Clinic *

Officials are required to attend a State Rules Clinic for the sport they are participating in.  Click the button below to download a list of the upcoming clinics.

* Each district may have additional training.

Step 3: Take the NFHS Exam

Officials are required to take the Part I or Part II Exam administered online through the NFHS.  Part I is required for Basketball and Track; Part II is required for all other sports.  The required test is an open-book rules examination and can be retaken up to five (5) times during the testing period.

NFHS Testing Dates

Contact the NFHS Help Desk at 317-565-2023 with log-in issues.

Activity Exam Start Date End Date
Fall Sports Part I 7/19/2019 8/11/2019
Part II * 8/12/2019 8/27/2019
Basketball Part I * 10/25/2019 11/25/2019
Wrestling Part I 10/11/2019 11/25/2019
Part II * 11/26/2019 12/10/2019
Baseball/Softball Part I 2/10/2020 3/19/2020
Part II * 3/20/2020 4/3/2020
Track Part I * 2/16/2020 4/3/2020

* Required Exam

Step 4: Complete Concussion and SCA Courses

New officials must complete the St. Luke’s Concussion Course and NFHS Sudden Cardiac Arrest Course before officiating a regular season contest.  All officials are required to review the Concussion Course and SCA Course on even numbered years. The IHSAA Statewide Concussion and SCA Review dates are: 2018-19, 2020-21,2022-23, 2024-25, etc.

Still have questions?

Contact Officials Coordinator, Tyler Ostler at .

Thank you State Girls Basketball Officials!

Additional Information

More information regarding certification and training of athletic officials can be found in the Officials Handbook.

Age Requirements

All officials must be at least 18 years old.  However...

Soccer officials may certify for non-varsity at age 16.

Softball officials may certify for non-varsity as high school seniors.

NFHS Courses for Officials


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